The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board offered a strong condemnation of the Phillies’ decision to allow Brett Myers to take the mound on Saturday, just a day after being arrested for hitting his wife. The Phillies should understand that some things are more important than baseball – and they should have given Myers a week or two of leave from the team to settle down and tend to personal matters.
I’m a former partial season ticket holder. My dad and my in-laws all have partial season ticket plans for the Phillies. When we were dating, my wife and I were more likely to go to a Phillies game than to a fancy restaurant. I love baseball, and I love my Phillies.
But as much as I grew up with baseball (some of my best memories of my teen years are of attending baseball games with my father), I also grew up with domestic violence (*even though my name is not on this blog, it used to be – and some of you know me, my family, etc. etc.. Let me say this – my folks divorced when I was very young, and the violence was perpetuated by a man other than my father). I have seen the bruises and scars and wounds of domestic violence – both physical and emotional – and I have zero tolerance for scumbags who abuse the women or children in their lives.
I heard an ESPN analyist say that the Brett Myers situation "was a shame." What a crock of shit. This situation is an abusive, immoral crime carried out by a highly paid, professional athlete who is stronger and more aggressive than your average human being. The Phillies should recognize this and give Brett Myers some time away from the team to reflect on his behavior, his relationships, and his life.
Some things are more important than baseball. But when it comes to the more important things in life, the Phillies just don’t get it. And judging by their current losing streak, it seems they don’t get the baseball part, either.
Shame on them.